- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Friday Project; First Edition edition (4 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905548850
- ISBN-13: 978-1905548859
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Playing It Safe [see new edition]: The Crazy World of Britain's Health and Safety Regulations Hardcover – 4 May 2008
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'Reveals the extent of our health and safety lunacy.' News of the World --1<br /><br />'Very entertaining.' Jeffrey Podger, chief executive Health & Safety Executive --2
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London born Alan Pearce has worked as a journalist, broadcaster and author for thirty years. He covered conflicts around and was seriously injured covering the Taliban takeover of Kabul in 1996 while working as the BBC Afghanistan correspondent. He is married and lives in France.
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Nor do we have a "compensation culture" The book contains statements like how, after 1998 when the government introduced "no win - no fee" arrangements, "the floodgates opened". I am not sure how this squares with the steep fall in compensation claims in recent years, or the fact that 9 out of every 10 workers injured at work do not receive anything.
I guess this book will suit those who like their preconceptions pandered to and are not too concerned about accuracy.
The cuttings have been gathered between 2000-2007 and come from a wide variety of sources . There's a good mix of articles from local and national tabloids and broadsheets and even some tales from Auntie Beeb herself. They are presented in one long stream, with no chapter breaks or any other headings. Without any natural pauses in the text, it's quite easy just to plough through the lot in one sitting, as I did. In spite of the cartoon image on the front cover, there are no other illustrations in the book.
The stories range widely in terms of subject matter. Ladders, conkers and Christmas decorations all feature heavily. Health and Safety Officers from local authorities are oft quoted. The town council of Bury St Edmunds is mentioned on more than one occasion! Overall, I didn't find the collection quite as side-splitting as some other reviewers did, but the story of Shenkin the goat's unfortunate incident at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff did cause a tear of mirth (no animals are harmed in the incident, before you ask). Another personal highlight was the tale of the shopping centre Santa who had to be given a hard hat after local kids threw mince pies at him.
Even in some of the more mundane accounts, there are some great quotes to be found. When Paul Hudson found that he could no longer take his pet iguana into the Metrocentre in Gateshead, his response was not entirely reassuring: "He is a nice animal.Read more ›
It peddles the usual myths: jobsworths, H&S Nazis!, "compensation culture" (which doesn't exist:[...]/compensation-culture/personal-injury-claims-low-compensation-culture-is-a-myth) etc. Also to be noted is a lot of these stories have nothing to do with Health & Safety but with Public Liability insurance in cases where events are cancelled and cakes can't be taken in to care homes and eaten by the residents. This is so the "people" concerned can't be sued. Other stories are to to with Environmental Health transgressions.
Overall this is a fine example of "churnalism" where stories are just copied and pasted at will from Newswire without being checked for accuracy. Only 12% of our news stories are checked for accuracy (see here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flat-Earth-News-Award-winning-Distortion/dp/0099512688/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361716695&sr=1-1).
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You wont believe how insane the PC brigade are, lots of chuckles and feelings of frustration at what the hell is happening to the country. A really good read and well put together.Published on 7 Dec. 2014 by pcologist
Some of these stories are incredible. But all too believable in todays health and safety mad society. Worth a look.Published on 26 Feb. 2014 by mmmppph
Amusing collection of tales about bureaucracy gone mad. Slightly tedious towards the end as most of the stories are the same. A great light hearted read.Published on 9 Feb. 2014 by NickyJJ
Taking risk assessments is wise and sensible. But some results of "Health and Safety" regulations take all the fun out of life. Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2013 by Rev. M. R. Hodge
Having dealt with Health & Safety authorities from a managerial position, I found this book to be very, very amusing and illustrative of some of the sillier things with which... Read morePublished on 31 July 2013 by Rabsuds
Amusing collection of articles but sadly too many of them either aren't that daft or lack enough information to really understand. Read morePublished on 7 July 2013 by Futchygu